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Fees – what you need to pay

Annual fees

All students registered for a research degree are liable for an annual fee that covers registration, supervision, examinations and graduation. 
  • Where a student is in receipt of funding their fees will be met by the funding body in accordance with the provisions in the offer letter.
  • Self-funded students are required to pay annual fees in full at the beginning of the academic year (usually the beginning of October).

The annual fee depends on the research programme that you want to study, whether you are studying full time or part time, where you currently live and potentially on your nationality and immigration status.

Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation.

The annual fee amounts for 2018–19 are:

Full-time study

 

Qualifications

Annual fees (£)

Home and EU

MPhil/PhD

4,260

Overseas non-science students

MPhil/PhD

10,817

Overseas science students

MPhil/PhD

13,769


Continuation fee

MPhil/PhD

4,260
 

Writing-up fee

MPhil/PhD

524
 

Resubmission fee

MPhil/PhD

2.130
 
Part-time study

 

Qualifications

Annual fees (£)

Home and EU

MPhil/PhD

2,130

Home and EU

EdD

3,244

Overseas non-science students

MPhil/PhD

5,410

Overseas science students

MPhil/PhD

6,989

Overseas students

EdD

8,238


Continuation fee

MPhil/PhD

2,130
 

Writing-up fee

MPhil/PhD

524
 

Resubmission fee

MPhil/PhD

3.244
 
PhD by Published Work

 

 

Annual fees (£)

Home and EU

PhD by published work

5,230

Overseas students

PhD by published work

6,497

Am I a UK/EU student or an international student?

UK and EU students are those who can show that:

  • They have been ‘normally resident in the UK/EU’ - not just for educational purposes - for at least three years before the start of their course

and

  • Who can demonstrate that they are ‘settled’ in the UK/EU.

‘Settled’ means having either:

  • Indefinite leave to enter or remain
          or
  • Having the right of abode in the UK.

For those students who are resident outside the EU, the fee varies according to whether they are taking a research degree in a science or in an arts discipline.

Advice for international students about fees and finance for research degrees for international students can be found on the website of the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA). Advice about visa requirements can be found on the UK Visas and Immigration website.

Continuation fees and writing-up fees

Continuation fees

Where a student enters their fourth year (full time) or sixth year (part time) of study and are still acquiring new data they are classified as 'continuing students' and are required to pay an amount equivalent to the annual fee. The continuation fee is due upon re-registration.

Writing up fees

Where a student enters their fourth year (full time) or sixth year (part time) of study and is no longer engaged in the acquisition of new data and is predominantly concentrating on writing up their thesis prior to submission they will be classified as writing up students. A writing up student must be in a position to submit their thesis within 12 months, or by their thesis submission date, whichever is sooner. The write up fee is available for a maximum of one year. Regardless of mode of study, should you fail to submit your thesis within the ‘write-up year’ you would become liable for any continuation fee should you be granted an extension to registration.

The supervisor will need to formally confirm to the Research Degrees Office when a student should be classified as writing up.

The writing-up fee is £524 in 2018–19 and is invoiced halfway through the year.

Resubmission fee

Where a student is required following the final examination to resubmit their thesis for re-examination a fee will apply. The charge is made to cover costs of re-examination and additional supervision.

Debts

Before accepting an offer of registration, it is important to consider your finances over the period of your studies. If you are paying your own fees, you must make sure you can meet the cost; you will not be able to proceed with your degree if your fees are in arrears. New Research students are now eligible for student loans; information on eligibility and how to apply can be found here. Although financial support is available for students in financial hardship, it is a small fund and should not be relied on.

Funded students

Where a student is in receipt of a studentship - that is, they has been granted funding for their studies – they will normally be funded for a period of three years (or five years if part-time DTP funded). During this time they will receive an annual maintenance grant and the funding body will pay the fees.

Students entering the fourth year (full time) or sixth year (part time), may become liable for a continuation fee. This is not normally covered by funding bodies and the student will be expected to pay this fee – payments by instalment can be arranged using an OUSBA account (subject to credit check). Where a student is formally recorded as ‘writing up’ (i.e. they have completed their research and are focused on writing their thesis), by the time they reached the end of the third/fifth year, the fee is reduced.

Please see the section below entitled Continuation fees and writing-up fees for a definition of the terms.
 

Self-funded students

Students are self-funded are liable for the full fees for the duration of their study.

Students entering the fourth year (full time) or sixth year (part time), will become liable for a continuation fee unless they are formally recorded as ‘writing up’ by the time they reach the end of the third/fifth year, in which case the fee is reduced.

Please see the section entitled Continuation fees and writing-up fees for a definition of the terms.

Your questions

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